Sunday, October 30, 2011
Luis Suarez never has a bad game. A body of perpetual motion, the Uruguayan's movement and elusiveness remain Liverpool's most dangerous attacking threat. El Pistolero's immensely positive contribution in games are often tinged with slight regrets. He does not score as many goals as he should have, considering the amount of chances he creates game in game out. Having said that, his presence in a Liverpool red alone is worth the admission fee to the match as he gives his all and tries his all for the team and for the fans.
True to form, the wee man, Luis had a major influence against West Brom. His very presence in the Baggies' penalty box frightened the life out of Olsson and forced Jerome Thomas into conceding a penalty. A penalty that allowed the Reds to take early control of the match against their former manager's team.
But as the half went on, West Brom grew stronger and the confidence began to show in their football. Liverpool needed to stamp their influence once more on the game and right before the stroke of halftime, they did just that.
On a counter attack break, the fantastic Lucas launched a perfect ball out wide to Suarez. El Pistolero's great vision helped him first-time a pass nonchalantly right onto the path of a "through-on-goal" Carroll. Even without playing regularly, Carroll still knew where the back of the net was as he flicked the ball expertly past Ben Foster into the Albion goal. That effectively ended West Brom's challenge and meant that three points were in the bag for the Reds.
In the second half, the signs were there that Carroll and Suarez are beginning to solidify a blossoming partnership. The awareness of each other's position in the opposition half and flicks were coming off, and if this continues, more goals can be expected of this "little and large" act. A win achieved significantly without both Carragher and Gerrard....we were seeing the future Liverpool team in action as it were.
The Reds have not won an away match without referee intervention and so gaining three points "legitimately" on Saturday will be a boon to Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool. Liverpool is putting a little unbeaten run together and they will want to bring this good form into a reunion with Torres' Chelsea two weeks from now. Another explosive match should be in store at The Bridge, Suarez is in good form and the Chelsea defence is in disarray at the moment.
The Reds attacking play deserved more than their paltry 14 goals suggest. There is a gnawing feeling that a team will be on the wrong end of a Reds mauling soon...could Swansea be in for a Reds hammering, I wonder....
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